Cashel Community School's senior hurlers are through to the semi-final of the Corn Phadraig, on foot of a deserved and exciting win over Bandon High School. Played at Charleville on last Friday, this Munster colleges game had everything : fast tempo, high intensity, good skill, do-or-die effort from both teams, and extra time. Conditions were mixed: brilliant sunshine, bitter cold, sticky underfoot surface, and hardly a puff of breeze.
Cashel opened brightly, racing into an early lead thanks to a point from Kieran Carroll and a goal from Pa Ryan. Bandon struck back with a goal and three points to lead by two points after fifteen minutes. Shortly after that a pointed free by Johnny Grogan steadied the Cashel side and Pa Ryan tapped over a beauty from play. Cashel hauled themselves back to parity with the aid of Jonathan Grogan's accuracy from play and from frees. Half-time score : 1 – 5 apiece.
On the resumption, both teams showed serious intent and each side rattled over three points within the first seven minutes. On the tenth minute Johnny Grogan fed a sublime pass to Pa Ryan which the full-forward collected on the run and drilled to the net. The sides continued to exchange hard-won points, with CCS three points ahead at the midway stage of the second half. A moment later the Cashel right-wing back was red-carded for a mistimed tackle but the team continued to hold the upper hand. With seven minutes remaining Pa Ryan latched onto another pass and goaled clinically, giving his side a seven point lead. But Bandon were not finished. Instead they mounted a storming onslaught on the Cashel defence and poached two excellent goals and one point to force the game into extra-time on a scoreline : Cashel 3 – 12, Bandon 3 – 12.
Bandon had marginally the better of the first half of extra time, until Johnny Grogan and Pa Ryan again put daylight between the teams by crashing in two superb goals. Half-time score: CCS 5 – 14, Bandon 3 – 15. Those goals set the tone for the final act of the drama, and when Dean Thompson added his side's sixth goal there was no way back for the Cork boys. Final score a.e.t. : Cashel C.S. 6 – 16, Bandon High School 3 – 16.
From one to fifteen (and 24), this was a whole-team performance of the highest order. Cashel will now meet Mallow Academy in the Munster semi-final.
Team: Damien Hayes, James Ryan W., Kevin Moloney, Aidan O'Connell, Simon Delaney, Cathal Quigley, Michael Fox, Kevin O'Donnell, Dylan Fitzell, Jonathan Grogan, Cathal Morrissey, Josh Keane, Kieran Carroll, Pa Ryan (capt.), Dean Thompson. Sub used: Michael Killian O'Dwyer. Scorers: Pa Ryan 4 – 2, Johnny Grogan 1 – 9 (8 fr), Dean Thompson 1 – 0, Josh Keane 0 – 2, Kevin O'Donnell 0 – 2, Kieran Carroll 0 – 1.
Senior Soccer Win
Cashel hosted St. Flannan's, Ennis, for the Munster Senior Cup tie on Tuesday of last week. The home side made a strong start, with some lovely passes given. Donal Reade was working hard on the wings. On the twenty-seventh minute Caolan O'Gorman delivered a beautiful ball along the line, Craig Condon collected and finished it clinically to the net. Goalie Ciaran Collins had to come off injured and was replaced by Brendan Lonergan. Shortly before half-time, sloppy play in the Cashel box allowed St. Flannan's through for the equaliser.
Conor Conneally came on for CCS at half-time. On the re-start, both teams applied huge pressure. Cashel survived some close call shots and fought for a draw. In the penalty shoot-out, Caolan O'Gorman, Mark Shortt, Dean Thompson, Conor Conneally, and James Harding found the target while Flannan's missed with their last effort. Five classy penalty shots, and a bit of luck, and wholehearted effort by the entire team won the game for the Community School.
Team: Ciaran Collins, Michael Fox, Michael McDermott, Dean Thompson, Mark Shortt, Donal Reade, Ugis Bedeicis, Caolan O'Gorman, Craig Condon, James Harding, Ian Collins. Subs used: Robert Anglim, Brendan Lonergan, Conor Conneally.
Sixth class primary pupils and their parents/guardians are invited to attend the Open Night at Cashel Community School on this Thursday night, 27th January. Tours of the school will commence at 6.30pm and an information meeting for parents will begin at 8.00pm. During this meeting (about one hour) the visiting pupils will engage in a range of enjoyable educational activities conducted by CCS teachers. Completed application forms are to be returned to the school office no later than Friday 25th February. For further information, contact the principal at 062-61167/61026.